Dollars & Sense

Borino joins Long & Foster in Bethany Beach

Long & Foster Real Estate recently welcomed Scott Borino to its Bethany Beach office. Borino will specialize in working with home buyers and sellers.

Dagsboro coffee shop the result of a dream allowed to percolate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Dana Miller, left, Patrick Miller, center, and Audrey Miller hope their new coffee shop, Dagsboro Days, located on Main Street in Dagsboro, will become a popular meeting spot for locals and visitors.In a small alcove built into the wall above shelves bearing bags of locally sourced, organic coffee, sits a large coffee cup. And by coffee cup, we mean, literally, a coffee cup. It’s a takeout cup completely covered in coffee beans. A well-worn cup, each bean carefully glued to its outer surface.

That cup, it turns out, served as the impetus for what is now the newest addition to Dagsboro’s Main Street businesses.

It was given to Dana Miller, who owns the new Dagsboro Days coffee shop, by her friend Tasha, 11 years ago. It bore the message “One bean at a time, and when gathered, a whole pot will brew.”

For years, Miller said, the cup collected spare change. It also served as a kind of talisman that kept her dream alive over the years. Her daughter Audrey Miller, who now works in the shop with both of her parents — Dana and her husband, Patrick — remembers the cup being around when she was younger.

Area businesses, event honored with tourism awards

Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6Coastal Point •Kerin Magill: Michelle Freeman, CEO of Carl M. Freeman Companies, spoke at the Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 6“An algorithm can’t give you a smile.”

With those words, Carl M. Freeman Companies CEO Michelle Freeman summed up what separates southern Delaware businesses from online sellers.

Freeman was speaking at Southern Delaware Tourism’s 2017 Tourism Awards Luncheon, held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. The event honored four groups for excellence in service to tourism in the area.

“Sussex County,” Freeman said, “has a warmth that’s different and unique all unto itself,” and she urged the business owners in attendance to embrace that and to use it to promote their businesses.

Freeman said that, while small businesses in southern Delaware may not have access to one-hour deliveries and other online perks, “the way we compete is by the traditional ways of retail, the traditional ways of tourism — friendliness, smiles…”

County announces economic development loan program

Sussex County will be creating a $4 million economic development loan to help draw businesses to Sussex County.

The announcement, made by County Administrator Todd Lawson at the Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on Oct. 25, was met with applause from those in attendance.

Fenwick First Fridays offer new shopping specials

Fenwick Island businesses are aiming to make Friday a big shopping night. The local businesses have followed in the footsteps of other towns in the region by starting the new Fenwick First Fridays events, continuing Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Allen Harim breaks ground on Dagsboro hatchery

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Allen Harim broke ground on its new hatchery in Dagsboro on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Local dignitaries were on hand for the event.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Allen Harim broke ground on its new hatchery in Dagsboro on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Local dignitaries were on hand for the event.Allen Harim, a South Korea-based chicken producer with several facilities on Delmarva, broke ground on Wednesday, Oct. 25, on a $22 million hatchery in Dagsboro.

Gov. John Carney attended the ceremony, taking a moment to hold one of the chicks that had chirped from their basket on a nearby table while Carney joined Allen Harim officials, as well as local, state and county officials, in celebrating the beginning of the hatchery construction.

“This is a big deal. This is a really big deal,” Carney said. The governor emphasized the importance of “making sure we cultivate our poultry industry and our individual poultry farmers” in Delaware.

Rory DeWeese, Allen Harim senior director of live operations, said the 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will “encompass” the current building. The hatchery will be capable of hatching 2.5 million eggs each week.

Bethany Massage & Healing Arts getting comfortable in new location

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Christine Webb and Kathy Twining-Bozman show off the new digs in Bethany Massage & Healing Arts’ new location at 33298 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Christine Webb and Kathy Twining-Bozman show off the new digs in Bethany Massage & Healing Arts’ new location at 33298 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach.The staff at Bethany Massage & Healing Arts are taking a breath after the fast pace of the summer season — their first in their spacious new location. Having moved into their new digs just before Memorial Day, they are now taking advantage of the slower seasons to look at new ways to use all of that new space.

With six massage rooms, including two that are set up for couples, as well as an aesthetician’s room, a meditation space/waiting room and a prep room, owner/massage therapist Kathy Twining-Bozman said, “We love it here! We are so excited to be here and not be tripping over each other!”

Twining-Bozman said she was faced with having to move the 28-year-old business, which she has owned for three years, when the owners of the Hickman Plaza, where Bethany Massage had been located, decided to redevelop the property.

She said she had driven past the location just north of the McDonald’s on Route 1 several times before she stopped in and at her first glance, she knew it was perfect. The best part, she said, was that no construction was necessary to transform the former real estate office into her massage business.

Bringing the ‘wow’ factor

Pizzazz features unique décor and gifts in Fenwick

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.This tiny shop in Fenwick Island is living up to its name. Pizzazz by the Bay isn’t trying to be the ordinary gift shop. Visitors and locals are coming there to find eclectic gifts and home décor by local artists.

Never behind the counter for very long, Victoria Thanner greets every customer with a smile. She loves being right there, helping them find the perfect item, or picturing it in their home.

With so many people still building and renovating in coastal Delaware, “I want to do something different … showcase local artists and pieces,” Thanner said. “People are looking for that ‘wow’ piece.”

Some of the more striking sculptures begin with driftwood: a gentle curving sailboat, a rough sea turtle and tall lamps strung with Edison bulbs and ship’s rope.

Weaver taking over as Chamber director

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday the resignation of executive director Kristie Maravalli, who will become the director of development for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. Lauren Weaver, currently the events and member-relations manager for the Chamber, will assume the role of executive director effective Monday, Aug. 7.

New store aims to give Ocean View something to party about

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Ocean View now has a party store to call its very own, as a Rehoboth Beach-based business has opened a second location in Ocean View, expanding its offerings for the needs of the area’s growing communities.

Party Decor & More has been in business in Rehoboth for four years, and owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt said it has been very successful and popular amongst that community. And on June 21, the second location of Party Decor & More opened in Ocean View.

“Ocean View chose us,” Schnepf-Pratt said of why he decided to expand his business in the area.

He said he was initially approached by the property owner, who asked him if he was interested in opening another location at 29 Atlantic Avenue, where Curves was formerly located. He visited the location four times before making the final decision to move in.

Berry Lovers Farm gets an organic start in Clarksville

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Berry Lovers Farm sticks to its roots by farming organically grown produce in Clarksville.

This summer, heirloom cherry tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs, eggplant and sweet peppers are for sale at the Berry Lovers Farm stand, which is only open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The farm and stand are located at 31897 Organic Growers Lane, just off Route 26, near the Route 17 intersection. The eggs sold at the stand come from chickens that live on the farm and are fed only organic food grown there.

Husband and wife Jimmy and Kathy Guido bought the 11-acre parcel in 2015. They said it was difficult to find a piece of land for their organic farm, because most of the land in the area has been used for conventional farming. There is a three-year waiting period before conventionally-farmed land can be farmed under the term “organic.”

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum makes waves in Delaware history

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Mountainous waves swell overhead as a Spanish fleet drifts helplessly in the storm. Torrential rain pummels the boats, scattering the soaked crews as they yank on ropes and bark panicked orders. Below deck, about $14 million worth of silver and gold glitters in the half-light as water begins to sweep into the hull with purposeful, destructive force.

It’s July 31, 1715, and all seems lost.

But it isn’t. Because about 300 years after the ships were smashed against the coral reefs and sunk, a man named Dale Clifton would help to uncover their stories, and the stories of many other shipwrecks, and make it his mission to share them with the public.

As the owner/director of the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, Clifton was able to transform every child’s fantasy of discovering buried undersea treasure into not only a career, but a fascinating tool with which he can bring history to life.

A small but atmospheric museum located above the Sea Shell Shop, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is packed with artifacts from some of the world’s most famous wrecks. Cutlery and stained-glass windows from the Titanic and the R.M.S. Republic rest there, as well as a trove of artifacts, including the Queen of Spain’s wedding chain from the long-elusive ship the Atocha.

Everything from coral-encrusted cutlasses and skull-adorned pirates’ rings to miraculously-preserved Aztec gold statues can be found in the glass cases. To the left of the museum entrance, a laboratory sits so that museum-goers can actually watch Clifton in the process of cleaning and preserving artifacts.

Bethany Beach arcade adds new games in the name of Shore Fun

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.This summer, Arnie’s Playland is lighting up Bethany Beach with several new digital games and looking to put the Shore Fun back in the downtown arcade.

Space Invaders Frenzy is the most popular of the new games, according to manager Eric Esterson. The game has an 8-foot LED display, dual cockpit seating and mounted gun cannons.

Another addition is “The Walking Dead” — a game based on the AMC television show — in which players shoot the undead with crossbow controllers.

The arcade’s newest pinball machine is a “Ghostbusters”-themed game.

These changes are all part of the updates put into motion by the arcade’s new owners, Esterson said.

Arnie’s Playland has served up family fun for 34 years. There were once two locations, but now the sole arcade location is on Garfield Parkway in Bethany.

In addition to the new digital games, the arcade also has six new Skee-Ball machines.

“We currently have 15 Skee Ball machines, but we are trying to get down to about eight,” said Esterson, who added that Skee Ball is still popular among customers, even with the more technologically-advanced game options now available.

Good Earth offering dining from its organic garden

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Shrimp and grits is just one of the fresh dishes made a Good Earth Market.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Shrimp and grits is just one of the fresh dishes made a Good Earth Market.It seems fitting that an organic market has grown at such a… well… organic pace since it first opened 14 years ago.

Good Earth Organic Market in Clarksville and, more recently, Rehoboth Beach has now added dinners and events to its growing list of offerings, and early indications are that the new venture will blossom like the rest of the business has.

Much of that confidence comes because of, and from, the market’s new chef, Nino Mancari, who comes to Good Earth after years in some of the area’s most successful restaurants.

With the Good Earth kitchen garden in place and literally buzzing with activity these days, and with a number of successful farm dinners held on the grounds in recent years, owner Susan Ryan has expanded the vision for the business to include not only dinners served on the premises Wednesday through Saturday evenings, but also “pop-up” happy-hours on Fridays. Good Earth, which already hosts weddings and other special celebrations, will now provide food for those events in-house.

SCAOR: Recent sales data continues upward trend in local real estate

Data released last week by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) continued to indicate a strong local real estate market in southern Delaware, representatives said this week.